Searching Google Scholar
With Google Scholar you can search broadly (across several disciplines) with one search. You can use Google Scholar to find peer-reviewed articles, but you will also find pre-print copies of articles, conference papers, white papers, patents, legal opinions and more.
- Before you start -- go to Scholar Preferences and enter Oregon State University in the Library Links field.
- Enter your keywords in the search box.
- Browse results, making sure to use the library's subscriptions to get access the text of the articles where you can.
Get Organized with Zotero
Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free Firefox extension that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use and lives in your web browser where you do your work. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word (for Mac or Windows) or OpenOffice.
References can be added to a Zotero library in many different ways: directly from databases, journal websites, Google Scholar or the library catalog, by reference file import (for example from an EndNote library) and by entering them manually.
Learn more about using Zotero here.
Table of Contents
This section of the guide has information on:
- Cited Reference Searching - how to find out who has cited a particular article
- Primary Sources - how to identify and locate primary source material
- Searching Google Scholar - how to search and lcoate the full-text of sources you find on Google Scholar
- Zotero - how to manage your citations using this free tool
Cited Reference Searching
A journal article or book is great way to find more information on the same topic. One way to do this is through cited searching. For example, you can see in the bibliography what articles or books the author used to write the paper. This is a great place to see what else has been written on the topic. But, did you know you can also see who has used the article you are holding in your hands? This will lead you to more articles and books that are also related to the topic. This is called cited reference searching.
This can also help you to identify important articles in the field. If an article has been cited or used by other authors many times, that is a good indication that the article is significant in the field.
About Primary Sources
Primary sources are the original, first-hand accounts of a subject or event. They can include letters, diaries, manuscripts, autobiographies, interviews, opinions, surveys, investigations, court testimony and depositions, government documents, and more.
Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format.